The MSA British Touring Car Championships has got off to a racing start with a confirmed record capacity of a 32 car grid and live coverage of the series with ITV extended up to at least 2017.
With an amazing 13 models from 11 different Marques entered, including Honda and MG as official manufactures teams.
Along side this we have the new ‘soft’ tyre compound from Dunlop, which are similar to those used in F1. NGTC-spec cars will have one set at their disposal over the weekend. Offering a variation in performance to standard compound tyres they must be used in one of the three races at each event.
S2000 cars will have plenty to aim for as they contest for the inaugural Jack Sears Trophy throughout the season.
A new contender to the championship title this year is denoted by the return of Colin Turkington, which created a great amount of interest over the winter. The Irishman is reunited with West Surrey Racing who he drove for in 2009 winning the campaign; however this season see’s him driving the all new BMW 125i M Sport under ebay Motors colours.
On the Audi-VAG front, alongside the Audi A4’s of Rob Austin and Wix Racing, driven by Rob Austin and Will Bratt, there is the VW Golf of AMD (although I’ve heard this could be changing to a Vauxhall Astra later in the season) driven this season by veteran James Kaye.
Team HARD from Dartford have also added two VW Passat CC’s this season driven by Tom Onslow-Cole and Howard Fuller, racing under PPCGB.com/Kraftwerk Racing.
With no less than four champions on the grid there is a growing pack of ‘young gun’s’ who I’m sure have already got their sights on the championship glory, 2013 is certainly lined up to be a ‘interesting’ and lively season.